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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Iranian cartoonist Atena Farghadani released from prison

Sometimes good things happen, too: Iranian cartoonist Atena Farghadani released from Evin prison after 12-year sentence reduced. 28-year old Iranian cartoonist Atena Farghadani, who received a 12-year prison sentence for drawing the Iranian parliament as animals in response to their vote to restrict Iran’s once-vaunted family planning program, was released on Tuesday, the AP reported.

Farghadani’s sentence had been just the beginning of her problems; aside from beatings she received in Iran’s notorious Evin prison, in a separate case against her, she was threatened by the state with 99 lashes for shaking her male lawyer’s hand. Farghadani’s story was not just that of the destruction of another young person from the region, but was a red flag for Iran’s ambitious program to double its population, which we detailed extensively in February.

(View the image that started it all here, and see this picture of Atena upon her release on Tuesday standing alongside her mother, who we’re guessing will probably never let her out of her sight again, via Politico’s staff cartoonist Matt Wuerker)

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